Portland Jewish Hour

The Portland Jewish Hour

Jewish, Yiddish, Ladino, Klezmer, Israeli, Mizrahi and Sephardic Music and Culture

Every Sunday 10-11 am Pacific Time

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Episode Archive

Celebrate Tu b'Av!

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Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Love songs to celebrate Tu b'Av, the Jewish Valentine's Day
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring love songs to celebrate Tu b'Av, the Jewish Valentine's Day.

Portland Jewish Hour on 08/10/14

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Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 08/03/14

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Sun, 08/03/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 07/27/14

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Sun, 07/27/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Jewish Music and Culture

Jewish classical music featured on this weekend's performance by Chamber Music Northwest

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Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish classical music featured on this weekend's performance by Chamber Music Northwest

Hosted by Liz Schwartz. This week we'll focus on Jewish classical music, especially Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov's Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, which is being performed this weekend at Chamber Music Northwest.

Portland Jewish Hour on 07/13/14

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Sun, 07/13/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 07/06/14

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Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour on 06/29/14

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Sun, 06/29/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

David Fuks stories

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Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Stories written and read by David Fuks
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring writer and storyteller David Fuks reading his own works.

Father's Day/Pride

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Sun, 06/15/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Music for Father's Day and Pride
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring music for Father's Day and Pride.


Annoy Kaufman, Inc.

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Sun, 04/15/2012

A short story by playwright George S. Kaufman, read by actor George Lederer. Aired on the Portland Yiddish Hour on April 15, 2012.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz interview

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Sun, 05/01/2011

Liz interviews Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, Founder and President of Uri L'Tzedek, the first Orthodox Jewish social justice organization, which is working to ensure fair labor practices for workers in kosher restaurants. For more information on Uri L'Tzedek, go to www.utzedek.org First aired on a special May Day Yiddish Hour show on May 1, 2011.

A Conversation, by I.L. Peretz

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Sun, 04/17/2011

I.L. Peretz story for Passover, as read by George Lederer and Darrell Salk.

  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 9:25 minutes (3.77 MB)
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Sue Fishkoff Interview

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Sun, 04/10/2011

An interview with journalist and author Sue Fishkoff, about her latest book, Kosher Nation: why more and more of America's food answers to a higher authority.

The Diary of Anne Frank - Interview with Maestro Yaacov Bergman and Soprano Ani Maldjian

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Sun, 04/03/2011

The Portland Chamber Orchestra will perform Grigori Frid's The Diary of Anne Frank on Friday April 8th, Saturday April 9th, and Sunday April 10th 2011 in Portland Oregon.  Conductor Yaakov (Yaki) Bergman and Soprano Ani Maldjian discuss the music and libretto for this opera with Yiddish Hour host Ed Kraus.

  • Length: 0:16 minutes (243.26 KB)
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Nigel Savage Interview

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Sun, 01/02/2011

Liz interviews Nigel Savage, founder and executive director of Hazon, America's largest Jewish environmental organization. For more information about Hazon, go to http://www.hazon.org/. For more information about Portland Tuv Ha'Aretz, the Portland chapter of Hazon CSA, go to http://portlandtuv.org/.


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Sun, 11/21/2010

Competitors, a short story by Sholem Aleichem, read by actors George Lederer and Mark Loring 

Why the Geese Shrieked

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Sun, 10/03/2010

Why the Geese Shrieked, a short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, read by actors George Lederer and Patricia Hunter on The Portland Yiddish Hour on Oct. 3, 2010, during our fall membership drive.

Where Are Your Guns?

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Sun, 07/11/2010

 A story by Howard Fast, read by radio actor George Lederer. First broadcast on the Yiddish Hour on July 11, 2010.

The 10th Man

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Sun, 06/06/2010

A short story by Sholem Aleichem, read by radio actor George Lederer. Originally broadcast on the Yiddish Hour on June 6, 2010.


Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 05/25/2014

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Nina SimoneEretz Zavat ChalavBlack SabbathThe Idelsohn Societyidelsohnsociety.com
Ben SnofIm Eschka'chek YerushalayimYoutubewww.youtube.com
Marsh DondurmaYour Yemenite SideOur NeighborhoodShchunawww.marshdondurma.com
Hadag NachashHineh, Ani BaBe'ezrat HaJam (With the Help of The JamHez Arzihadagnahash.com
Etti AnkriYefe Nofwww.youtube.com
Idan RaichelShuvi El BeytiThe Idan Raichel ProjectCumbanchawww.idanraichelproject.com
Mahalia JacksonWalk to JerusalemThe Essential Mahalia Jacksonwww.youtube.com
Ofra HazaYerushalayim Shel Zahavwww.youtube.com
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring music for Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), with songs about Jerusalem and artists based in or born in that city.

Here's a link to the hilarious video of Hadag Nachash singing "Hineh, Ani Ba" (Here I Come): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kke3gP1Opi4

Here's a link to the video ofEtti Ankri's version of Yefe Nof (Beautiful Landscape) with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3t3SGFQT8E

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 05/11/2014

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Elaine Hoffman Watts – Chasidische Freilach from I Remember Klezmer                                       3:28
EHW – Zigainer Tantz from I Remember Klezmer                                                                            4:23
Eishes Chayil/Barry Sisters                                                                                                                 3:10
Voyl iz der Mammen                                                                                                                          2:55 
Mamaliege Tanzen                                                                                                                               2:25
Di Mame iz gegangen-Adrienne Cooper                                                                                            4:17
Rubies-GIT                                                                                                                                         4:17
A la nana                                                                                                                                             3:07
Mama Mia Mi Querida                                                                                                                       2:20
Rozhinkes mit Mandeln – Judy Alpert                                                                                               2:45

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 04/13/2014

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Uri Caine/Lorin Sklamberg/Frank LondonPesach Nign/Mipney MaThe Soul of KlezmerNetwork Germanywww.amazon.com
Y-Love/Yuri LaneWatchThe Sefira AlbumShemspeedshemspeed.bandcamp.com
Sidor BelarskyPiramidnSeder Nights with Sidor BelarskyArtistic Enterprises, Inc.faujsa.fau.edu
Paul RobesonLet My People Gowww.youtube.com
Bob MarleyRedemption SongsLegendTuff Gong/Islandwww.amazon.com
Ritchie HavensFreedom/Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Childlive performancewww.youtube.com
VocolotZog MaranHeart Beatwww.vocolot.com
Hakki ObadiaMan-Nish-Tanna/Dah-Yeh-Noo/Abadeem HayinuIraqi Jewish and Iraqi MusicGlobal Villagewww.amazon.com
YidcoreMa NishtanaYidcorewww.yidcore.com
Moishe Oysher and the Barry SistersChad Gadyayoutu.be
Chava AlbersteinHad Gadiawww.youtube.com
Slim GaillardMatzoh Balls and Gefilte FishFrom Avenue A to the Great White WaySonywww.amazon.com
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring songs for Pesach.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 03/30/2014

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The Renaissance PlayersPuncha puncha la rosa hueleThe Sephardic Experience, Vol. 1, Thorns of FireCelestial Harmonieswww.harmonies.com
The Renaissance PlayersStaro oroThe Sephardic Experience, Vol. 1, Thorns of FireCelestial Harmonieswww.harmonies.com
Bulgarian Women's ChoirLa Rosa enfloreseLe Mystere de Voix BulgaireNonesuch Recordswww.nonesuch.com
The Renaissance PlayersLa novia entre floresThe Sephardic Experience, Vol. 2, Apples & HoneyCelestial Harmonieswww.harmonies.com
Leonard CohenHallelujahLive in Helsinki 2009Youtubewww.youtube.com
The MaccabeatsLecha DodiVoices From the Heightswww.cdbaby.com
Yuval Ron EnsembleErev Shel ShoshanimYoutubeYoutubewww.youtube.com
anonymousErev Shel ShoshanimYoutubeYoutubewww.youtube.com
Alison WestermannDodi LiShapiritwww.alisonwestermann.com
Cantor Natalie YoungDodi LiCarry Mewww.natalieyoungmusic.com
Adrienne CooperFrilingGhetto TangoTraditional Crossroadswww.amazon.com
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, celebrating Spring with love songs and music about beauty and flowers.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 03/23/2014

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Andy StatmanPurimBetween Heaven and EarthShanachiewww.andystatman.org
The MaccabeatsRaise Your GlassYouTubehttp://www.maccabeats.comwww.youtube.com
Di Naye KapelyePirimTraktoristOrientewww.dinayekapelye.com
Michele CitrinShake Your GroggerYouTubehttp://michellecitrin.comwww.youtube.com
Theodore BikelHomentashnYouTubehttp://www.bikel.comwww.youtube.com
Jews Brothers BandMordechai What a GuyMy Yiddish SwingRogue Recordswww.jewsbrothers.com
Y-LovePurim Megillah FreestyleYouTubehttp://thisisylove.comwww.youtube.com
Klezmer Conservatory BandBay a Glezele MashkeKlez!Vanguardwww.klezmerconservatory.com
Amsterdam Klezmer BandOscar's CocekKatlaEssay Recordingsamsterdamklezmerband.com
Mick MoloneyIf It Wasn't For the Irish and the JewsIf It Wasn't For the IRish and the JewsCompass Recordsmickmoloney.com
Susan McKeown & Lorin SklambergHeart's BloodSaints & TzadiksWorld Villagewww.amazon.com
Susan McKeown & Lorin SklambergMy Little BellySaints & TzadiksWorld Villagewww.amazon.com
Susan McKeown & Lorin SklambergOakumSaints & TzadiksWorld Villagewww.amazon.com
Susan McKeown & Lorin SklambergThe Hag With the MoneySaints & TzadiksWorld Villagewww.amazon.com
Susan McKeown & Lorin SklambergPrayer for the DeadSaints & TzadiksWorld Villagewww.amazon.com
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring Purim and St. Patrick's Day music. Be happy, it's still Adar!

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 03/09/2014

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Portland Jewish Hour
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In honor of the international women day  (March 8th), Shuli Rutzick is bringing Hebrew songs by female poets/ female singers and about women

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 02/22/2014

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Portland Jewish Hour
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Shem Tov LeviHitorerutHitorerut1981 NMC Music LTD
Micha ShitritBa'avivMasmerim Ve'Notzot1998 The Eight Note
Yoni Recter & Ali MoharShir Nevuei Kosmi AlizBe'gova Ha'einayim1986 Helicon Ltd
Beni AmdurskiYamim Shel Kolno'aAni Gitara 2
Shlomi ShabanLilah Acharon Be'Londonsingle2014 The Eight Note
Barri SaharofOd Hozer HanigunNegiot
Ohad Hitman & Anat Ben HemoHamasaSingle2014 Nana Ltd
Avraham TalAt Bamerhavim2014 He'd Arzi Music Ltd
Hatikva 6Ani Ashir Lach ShirAvoda Ivrit2008 Avoda Ivrit Ltd
Beit habubotEifu Ha'yitRani2014 The Eight Note
Beni AmdurskiPgisha Le'ein KetzAni Gitara 2
Ivri Lider & Natan GoshenHayiti KanSingle2013 Stop Drop & Roll Tedy LTD
Shuli Rutzick bringing new and old modern israeli music

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 02/16/2014

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Beth HamonModah AniTen Mileswww.beth-hamon-music.com
Beth HamonHole In My PocketTen Mileswww.beth-hamon-music.com
Beth HamonOzi V'Zimrat YahLive performancewww.beth-hamon-music.com
Beth HamonChameleonTen Mileswww.beth-hamon-music.com
Beth HamonLev TahorLive performancewww.beth-hamon-music.com
Beth HamonSparksTen Mileswww.beth-hamon-music.com
Beth HamonAleinuLive performancewww.beth-hamon-music.com
Hosted by Liz Schwartz, with live in-studio guest Beth Hamon performing songs from her recently released CD, Ten Miles.

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 02/09/2014

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Portland Jewish Hour
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Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-StarsIn Your Garden 20 Fecund Fruit TreesCarnival Conspiracy
In the Marketplace All is Subterfuge
Brave Old WorldBessarabiaBeyond the Pale
KlezmaticsFun TashlikhRhythm and Jews
NY Psycho-Freylekhs
Behushner Khosid
Tsiveles Bulgar
OomphYankl's TanzBetween Two Worlds
Bay a Glezele Mashke
Mayn Yiddishe Meydele
KlezperantoI Drink to ForgetKlezperanto!
OomphNokh a GlezlBetween Two Worlds
KlezperantoDiddley ShmiddleyKlezperanto!
OomphShlimazl SherBetween Two Worlds
FinjanBukovinsha PolkaDancing on Water
Sharon's Dance
Hosted by Barry - a special 2-hour show (the Persian Hour folks were stranded due to bad weather).

Portland Jewish Hour playlist for 01/26/2014

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Portland Jewish Hour
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Danny SandersonBoche Ve'Gam TzuchekSingleNMC United Entertainment LTD
Danny RobasAni Lo Mafsik Lehitragesh MimechNose'a Al Kvish MahirAnana LTD
Yigal BashsanShamayimBehofa'a Haya Be'ZappaNMC United Entertainment LTD
RitaMayim TzlulimSingleHe'd Arzi Music LTD
Hadag NahashZman Le'HitorerZman Le'HitorereThe Eighth Note
Sagiv Cohen & Nadav DadonKul Shi KalamSingleNMC United Entertainment LTD
Rami Klainstain & Efrat GoshSritotSingleHelicon LTD
Erez Lev Ari & Petrick SabagBa Metoch Ha'LevHa'etz HabodedNMC United Entertainment LTD
Ninet TaiebProyect Hasefer HakachulKol Hachayot YadoHelicon LTD
Ariel HorovitzEim Nisha'er HalomHagiborim SheliThe Eighth Note
Pablo RoswnbergEize Olam Same'achSingleBernardito LTD
Elai Butner & Yaldey Ha'HutzNa'aim A'chshavSingleNMC United Entertainment LTD
Dudu TassaLasim Ta'RushSingleHe'd Arzi Music LTD
Natan GoshenMa Eim NitnashekBein Kol Hare'ashimUnicell under an exclusive license from Tedy Production LTD


Cantors/Liturgical Music


                                                                                                              September 5, 2010

Dear Mrs.  Falk:


     The liturgical music is splendid!  Thanks so much.  Please keep it coming.

     By the way, if you have any cookbooks left over after distributing them to your children, please make an announcement during the "The Yiddish Hour".  I would love to purchase some more for my collection.


     Happy New Year.



                                                                                                            S.E.  Halpern

Got up late. ;-(

 Hey, I missed the Yiddish Hour this morning. Is it archived? How do I find it to listen to? --DameEdithDivine@gmail.com

 Dylan in Costa Rica!

Old Show archives

Dear Dame Divine!

We don't podcast our regular music shows for legal reasons.  KBOO pays a license to broadcast and stream live over the internet, but not for later podcast so ... sorry.

If we produce content ourselves such as the comedy skits and interviews, that you can find via the audio link on our Yiddish Hour page.  We also post playlists in case you need to know what we played.   That show was by Barry ... the KBOO website is undergoing a revision and it might take a few more days before you can see the playlist from that show.

Of course, if you are clever you could set your computer to capture the live stream of the show to disk then play it back at your convenience!  It's just that we can't legally do this for you.

All the best,


Yiddish Hour - 9/6/09 show

A lively broadcast. Enjoyed Sheila Fox's voice and joyful klezmer music, a beautiful gift for Elul. Thanks to Liz for bringing this show to KBOO.

Ramon Tasat


Who is Ramon Tasat? (Who is John Galt?!!?)


Ramón Tasat

Hello L ... I have posted comments on the playlist for today's show (Feb 8th) that should point you all in the right direction regarding Ramón Tasat. Sorry that I neglected to give you this basic biographical info on the air, but the Emergency Alert System procedures distracted me. Please give us your feedback about the Yiddish Hour, we are always looking to find out what the audience likes. As your program hosts, we have a great deal of flexibility in what we program...so if you give us feedback we can do a better job for you! Ed

yiddish hour

I like this fuzzy-quality, old-school stuff from the 1920's and earlier that comes up every now and then on the Yiddish Hour! My entry into Klezmer and other Yiddish music was through modern bands like New Orleans Klzemer All-stars and Rabbincal School Dropouts, definitely yiddish-infused but with a heavier, funky beat. It's cool to go back and hear the source. Thanks!

Old-school klezmer

Glad you like the archival stuff; it's some of my favorite music to play, too, precisely for the reason you mentioned. Also, nobody tears it up like Dave Tarras, IMO.

Zei gezint,


great program, shanda at Spertus

Hi Yankl,

Great show today!

I hope you had a great time in Chicago visiting your kids. I got to know Shainah when she joined the shul where I davened in Chicago. I moved back to PDX (my hometown) last summer, though I try to get back to visit the Chicago chevra at least once a year. I was hoping to see the maps exhibit at Spertus too when I get back there next, and think that censorship is generally an immature response to difficult questions. I hope you get someone from Spertus on the show next week so we can hear more about this.

Groisse dank,

Portland Yiddish Hour


I was looking for the set list for the May 11th 2008 show. There was a song that I heard at about 10:30 am that morning, entitled "Gefilte Fish and Matzo Balls" I think. I wanted to know who the artist was that performed the song.

Greatly Appreciated!!

Much Thanks,

Gefilte fish and matzo balls

Thanks for getting in touch about our May 11 show. We had a sub that day, but I know (and love) the track that you're asking about, which was recorded by Slim Gaillard. He had a few other Yiddishoid records, such as the immortal "Draysik Sents".


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